Surgical EthicsBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7230.320/a (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:320
- R W G Johnson, consultant surgeon
- Manchester Royal Infirmary
Eds Laurence B McCullough, James W Jones, Baruch A Brody
Oxford University Press, £35, pp 416
ISBN 0 19 510347 5
Ethics govern the morality and code of conduct of surgeons in clinical practice. Recent astonishing advances in medical technology have opened up new frontiers and created options for surgical treatment that have often led to vigorous debate about what constitutes right and wrong. What is achievable has to be limited by what is acceptable.
Surgeons have always tried to limit the harm that they do to their patients in extending the healing power of their craft, but historically they have commonly taken unilateral decisions on …